Last Sunday, Britain's prime minister spoke to the nation via television. In a rather vague manner and clearly without thorough consultations he was seeking to slacken the stranglehold of our lockdown. Suddenly the previous slogan "Stay Home/ Protect the N.H.S./ Save Lives" had morphed into something different: "Stay Alert/ Control The Virus/ Save Lives".
Notice how the initial slogan had red edging - red for stop but the new official slogan has green edging - green for go. By the way, I chuckled the other day when someone said that the labelling looked rather like safety stickers on the back of a heavy good vehicle.
Linked to this attempt to slacken the leash, the public have been advised that as from Wednesday of this week they can travel as far as they want to for exercise. That's the reason why I felt completely at liberty to drive forty miles into the heart of Lincolnshire on Thursday morning. Under the changed rules, I wasn't doing anything wrong.
The instruction "Stay Alert" seems rather vague to most people. I guess that brown hares know what it means to "stay alert". Their eyesight, their radar ears, their sensitive noses and their athletic legs are all connected with staying "alert". Evolution has told them that if they don't "stay alert" they are likely to die.
I shared my best brown hare photograph yesterday but for your interest here are two more I snapped in that magical minute by Catchwater Drain between Redbourne and Waddingham. I guess I only spotted the hare because I was following government advice - staying alert:-